Celebrating the Magic of HoliJOY: A Recap of the 2nd Annual Event

On December 10th, 2023, Share in the JOY proudly hosted the 2nd annual HoliJOY event, in partnership with St. Jude’s Ranch for Children. This extraordinary gathering brought together 172 youth in foster care for a day filled with wonder, joy, and unforgettable moments.

A Magical Experience: The HoliJOY event was more than just a holiday celebration; it was a magical experience that touched the hearts of everyone involved. As the attendees arrived, they were greeted by the warm embrace of the holiday spirit and the promise of a day filled with fun and laughter.

Sibling Reunification and Santa’s Visit: One of the highlights of the event was its focus on sibling reunification, providing an opportunity for brothers and sisters in foster care to come together and create cherished memories. And of course, no holiday event would be complete without a visit from the jolliest of all—Santa Claus himself, who delighted children with his presence and spread joy to all.

Honoring Nonprofit Partners: We were honored to have several esteemed nonprofit partners join us for the festivities, each bringing their unique contributions to the event. Critical Care Comics, Jay Rose Foundation, and Faith in Humanity were among those who lent their support, providing entertainment, education, and invaluable resources to the attendees.

Volunteer Support: The success of the HoliJOY event would not have been possible without the dedication and generosity of our volunteers. With more than 140 volunteers from various local businesses and organizations, including Bella Smiles, Southwest Airlines, and T-Street Youth Volleyball Club, the event was truly a community effort.

Gratitude to Sponsors: We extend our heartfelt thanks to the businesses and organizations that helped make HoliJOY a success. Each of our incredible sponsors played a vital role in creating a memorable experience for the children.

Special Attractions and Activities: The event featured a wide range of attractions and activities to delight attendees of all ages. From a petting zoo and inflatable obstacle course to craft tables and live musical performances, there was something for everyone to enjoy. Catered food courtesy of Texas Roadhouse BBQ and Marco’s Pizza added to the festive atmosphere, ensuring that no one went hungry.

The Giving Station: Perhaps the most touching aspect of the event was the Giving Station, where children had the opportunity to select gifts for their loved ones. Through our Toy ‘n JOY drive, donations were collected and displayed on tables, allowing children to choose gifts for family members, friends, and teachers. Volunteers then wrapped the gifts, providing children with the joy of giving—a truly heartwarming experience for all involved.

As we reflect on the success of the 2nd annual HoliJOY event, we are filled with gratitude for the outpouring of support from our community. Together, we created a day filled with love, laughter, and the true spirit of the holiday season. Here’s to many more joyful celebrations in the years to come!

Join us for a special fundraiser event at Texas Roadhouse BBQ on Sunset in Henderson on March 28th! From 4-8pm, the Easter Bunny will be hopping by to spread joy, and we’ll have exciting raffle prizes for everyone to enjoy.

When you dine at Texas Roadhouse during the event and mention that you’re there to support Share in the JOY, 10% of your meal’s cost will be generously donated to our organization. These funds will help cover the costs of our upcoming Hop into JOY event on March 31st at Anthem Hills Park in Henderson.

We’re incredibly grateful for the generosity of Texas Roadhouse on Sunset in Henderson. Not only are they hosting this fundraiser for us, but they’re also catering our Hop into JOY event!

ADDITIONALLY, they’ve generously provided over 1000 free kids meal tickets that will be hidden in eggs for The Most EGG-Cellent Egg Hunt Ever at our Hop into JOY event.

Join us at Texas Roadhouse BBQ on March 28th to support Share in the JOY and make a difference in the lives of children in our community!